Monthly Archives: August 2021

Students reading and note taking on a picnic bench taken from above.

Reading and note-taking – top tips

Having located, bookmarked and borrowed (from the library) a range of useful and relevant sources, you are now ready to extract the information you need through effective reading and note-taking.

Effective reading

 You can’t read everything on your subject. The following process will help you to locate and select specific information you need for your assignment, quickly and efficiently

  • Be clear what you need to find out about

Identify key words or terms connected to the information you need from your assignment question or task.

  • Skim read to identify useful sections of text

Read fast, looking for key words in contents pages, abstracts, introductions, conclusions, headings and index pages to identify chapters or sections of text that are most likely to contain the information you need.

  • Scan selected sections to locate the specific text you need

Let your eyes wander around the page searching for the key words or terms, concepts, data, figures, dates and events that you need to learn about. Mark selected passages of text (e.g. using mini post-it notes) for detailed reading later.

  • Read in detail using ‘active reading’

Read your chosen texts carefully, line for line, aware of what you need to understand and analyse e.g. background information, facts, theories and ideas.


 Notes are a written summary of the academic information that you read or listen to on your course. You will need to refer to your notes as you undertake assignments, revise for exams, prepare for presentations or seminars. To ensure that your notes work well:

  • Find a note-taking style that works for you, then stick with it

– There are many different note-taking techniques – from writing bullet point lists to drawing spidergrams. For advice and examples go to the SLAS website.

  • Ensure your notes contain key ingredients

Reference details of the source you are using (author, date, title etc)

– Summary of key facts, terms, theories, points made by the author

– Key evidence/examples used by the author to support their ideas

– Your observations about the strengths/weaknesses (critical analysis) of the arguments or ideas contained in the text

  • Write notes mostly in your own words (paraphrased*), but also…

– Jot down short quotations from the author to use later as evidence, or to emphasise key points (noting the page number on which they appear)

– To avoid confusion later, use quotation marks or a highlighter pen to clearly distinguish an author’s exact words from your own in your notes

  • Make sure your notes are legible, for future use

– Use readable fonts/clear handwriting

– Tidy up your notes or redraft, as necessary, to make them easy to follow

  • Ensure your notes are clearly titled (module/topic/title of publication), dated (when you made the notes), and filed with other related materials e.g. assignment brief, for easy retrieval

For guidance on all the topics mentioned above – including Understanding the question, Effective reading, Note-taking, Referencing and Critical analysis – the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) provides 1-1 appointments, workshops and study guides.

Best advice for living with new people and settling in to university life

We asked our students’ about their favourite thing living in campus accommodation. The top result? How close they were to everything on campus, and the friends they made here. However, living with new people and making friends can also be some of the things people are most nervous about. You’re not alone if this is you, we asked some of our residential students to share their experiences so here are our 6 top tips to help you settle into living on campus.

Student quote: “Just be kind, be friendly and be respectful. These will be the people that you live with for the year and if you’re able to make friends with even just a few of them at the very beginning, it makes the start so much easier as you know that you’ve got someone to talk to and spend time with as you find your feet, branch out and make new friends.” Isobel, Drama and Theatre student.

Talk – as cliché as it sounds, when you are in your room keep the door open as you start getting to know your flatmates and make the effort to say hi or grab a cup of tea for a chat. Plus, having some snacks or a game in the kitchen to share on those first few days with your new flatmates can be a great icebreaker. This advice goes beyond your house and beyond welcome week too – everyone is in the same boat as you. Aleeja, a psychology student says it best ‘be open to making friends and try to make conversation with people you come across as you never know whether they’re a lifelong friend till you try’.


Student quote: “Don’t be afraid of not being able to make friends, it is so easy to meet people by joining societies and sports clubs. Also make sure that you can find your work-life balance, otherwise you could fall behind easily. Don’t forget you’re coming here to study hard but enjoy new experiences” Yasemin, Law student

Explore – make the most out of the opportunities on campus – join a society, grab coffee with people on your course, meet your neighbours or try volunteering. Don’t just rely on your flatmates or course mates for finding new friends keep exploring and ‘make an effort to meet people in the first week, and every week after that. The more people you know, the more likely you are to make some friends’ (Morgan, International Business student)


Student quote: ‘Have patience. Create a group chat with your flatmates because communication is key!’ Liliya, Law student

Have that cleaning conversation early – You and your flatmates are responsible for cleaning your accommodation. So, once you know each other have a house meeting to sort out some general house rules and utilise the cleaning rota in your kitchen if needed. It may be awkward to start with but everyone will be happier in the long run if they know what’s expected of them. If it helps, make the house meeting a regular event, over time this may just turn into an opportunity to touch base and check in with each other.


Student quote: ‘Don't hesitate to talk to your flatmates, and eventually establish some rules you will all be okay with! It will help you a lot and relieve some stress.’ Cassiopee, Digital Arts student.

Be considerate – this one seems obvious, but can easily be forgotten when you’re all having fun. Your flatmate may have an exam in the morning, or maybe you shouldn’t take up all of the kitchen space with unwashed bowls – just remember when you are all sharing the same space a little consideration and compromise goes a long way.


Student quote: Houseplants are great for your bedroom as they brighten up the place as well as having a positive effect on your mood’ Daisy, Anthropology student

Decorate – put up pictures, of home and the new memories you make. This room is yours for the year so put up all the things that will make it feel homely for you (within reason – we do have some restricted items as outlined in the Accommodation Handbook)


Student quote: ‘Studying is important in life, but so is self-care. If everything gets to be too much just step back for a bit and focus again, because no matter what happens you have to be your own top priority’ Yasemin, Law student

Feeling overwhelmed? Speak up –That’s natural – for most of you it will be your first move away from home and lots of you will be feeling the same way. But don’t forget you can always speak to someone – a house mate, friend, member of staff or there’s always the exceptional Student Support and Wellbeing team on campus who have been through it all before and are there for you.


Wondering whether to take the leap and live on campus? We’ll leave the closing words to ELL/Psychology student, Ruby:

“Definitely do it because you get to meet loads of new people and live near them, also you live so near that you can easily go to events and other stuff so do as much as you can whilst it’s easy to get to” Ruby, ELL/Psychology student
“Definitely do it because you get to meet loads of new people and live near them, also you live so near that you can easily go to events and other stuff so do as much as you can whilst it’s easy to get to”


Already here? Take some time to settle in as everything is new, but don’t worry we’re here to support you if needed. There’s lots of information on our Arrivals pages or Living on Campus or Living in Pier Quays pages to help you settle in to university life, and otherwise we echo Economics student Gbogo’s advice “enjoy and have fun, it’s easy to find friends and everything you need is on campus.” 

Student advice for September 2021 arrivals

We asked some of our previous residential students what they wish they had known before arriving at Kent and what their one piece of advice would be to new students

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent soon! Our 
Canterbury Arrivals and Medway Arrivals pages are full of information and advice to help get you ready to arrive at Kent. You should also keep an eye on the Accommodation Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest blogs and insights before you arrive.

Student blog: How to make your room feel homely

In her final blog Viviana shares her advice and experience on what to bring with you when moving to university


Hello, my name is Viviana, and by now you know I just graduated from the University of Kent with a Drama and Film undergraduate degree. I am an international student, who came from Greece to the UK for studying and I spent both my first and third year in the University’s accommodation so coming from far away, I get that taking the right things with you is key.

Making your room feel cosy to your liking is of vital importance, especially if it is your first time moving somewhere on your own. Fairy lights, stuffed animals, your favourite books, mug, pictures of loved ones, your favourite art hung on the walls are all great ideas. I personally love plants as they make me feel more relaxed when I have them in my space, so I bought a snake plant and a mint plant that I love and take care of as if they were my babies.

dinosaur watering plants

You do not need to bring your entire room with you. I suggest you choose what is actually necessary and crucial to you and anything that could be substituted or bought from Canterbury, just buy it here. Of course, if you have easy access to bring more stuff, such as food or sanitary supplies, feel free to do so. In my case travelling all the way from a different country, the less, the better.

Micky Mouse throwing lots of clothes into suitcase

For me, it was crucial to bring warmer clothes, as the UK weather is colder than Greece’s and a raincoat, umbrella and boots were necessary since it rains a lot. I made the mistake of taking more summer clothes that I ended up not wearing because of the weather, so hopefully, you can learn from my mistake. Also, if you are travelling from a European country or further away, do not forget to get the appropriate adapters and chargers that fit the UK’s plugs.

woman wearing all the clothes

Finally, take it easy, moving to a new home alone for the first time can be a bit strange and chaotic as to what you need to buy, but remember you do not need to buy everything at once. Time by time, you will gather all the stuff you need.

Still unsure where to start? Take a look online at what is already included in your room (for Pier Quay rooms in Medway too), there’s also a handy packing list available as well as more student advice.

What to pack?

‘Don’t over pack!’ is one of the most common responses whenever we ask students for the advice they would give for those about to arrive on campus for the first time. It can be tricky to know what you might need and what you should bring with you, so this is definitely a decision that shouldn’t be based on ‘what more can I cram into the car/suitcase?’

So with this in mind, listen to the voice of experience as these students and staff share their top tips so you can save yourself the pain of trying to squeeze in a second food dehydrator…

  1. Aleena, psychology student and Liane, English Language and Linguistics student – ‘make a packing list’
    Aleena: ‘making a list would be useful as I found I missed out a lot of essentials and had to spend money buying things I already had at home.’ Fortunately we have a packing list to help get you started but another piece of advice is to ‘pack boxes so items related are put together (e.g. kitchen, bedding, bathroom etc.)’ says Liane ‘this makes unpacking quicker and easier’.

‘Double check that you have everything you need (especially kitchen utensils and hygiene products) so you don't have to scramble to get what you need last minute.’ - Liane, English Language and Linguistics student

  1. Laura, from our Accommodation Team – ‘check what’s already in your room’
    All rooms on campus will have some items included, so know what’s already included to avoid wasting valuable space by packing a duplicate. You can check what is in your Canterbury room or Medway bedroom We’re not just talking about big things either, for example we’ve provided cleaning products in the accommodation kitchens and cleaning cloths in your bedroom, but when you pop to the shops you’ll still need to pick-up a few other bits and bobs like washing up liquid, sponges, and laundry detergent.
  2. Omar, Architecture student – ‘don’t forget the essentials but prioritise things you can’t easily buy’
    Bring your chargers and double check on things that you need to use every day, such as soap, as it’s easy to forget. But don’t worry too much about these as you can literally get them from anywhere, just mainly bring the things that aren’t easily bought or replaced if you need them. 


    line art of bed sizes
    You can find out what size bed is in your room online.
  3. Becky, from our Housekeeping Team – ‘know your bed sizes’
    Aside from forgotten passports or driver’s licences this is one of the most common mishaps for new students. There are different bed sizes across the rooms on campus (and in private accommodation) so don’t buy any bedding until you have accepted your room offer so you can double check the bed size online so you know what sheets to buy. Some folks have trouble getting hold of sheets for the 7ft beds, but a king size flat sheet will fit or try the extra-long bedsheets from UniKitOut.
  4. Phil, from our Catering Team – ‘don’t pack the kitchen sink’
    Just bring enough to get you started as you may want to go in with your flatmates for to buy some items. If you live in part-catered accommodation you shouldn’t need anything beyond your basic crockery and cutlery, as kettles are provided. If you’re going to live in self-catered accommodation we suggest just buying a set of crockery and cutlery for yourself, plus food storage containers and basic pots and pans. 


    luggage and suitcases in car for departure
    Another cheat to avoid overfilling the car is to utilise UniKitOut. This company delivers essential items direct to your room on campus so it’s there ready for you when you arrive. Just order before midnight on Tuesday 7 September 2021. There’s even a 10% discount when using the ‘KENT10’ code
  5. Beth, History and Social Anthropology student – ‘make it home’
    Best bit of advice was to bring decorative items. Strings of lights, small potted plants for the windowsill or desk, photo frames with silly, happy photos, blankets and pillows, etc. It makes the room that bit more comforting and homely, and can help with the homesickness.
  6. Alexander, Anthropology student – ‘bring something to break the ice’
    ‘Bring sweets, give them to your flatmates when you introduce yourself’. If sweets aren’t your thing, and you’re feeling nervous about introducing yourself just remember your fellow students Eve and Becky’s advice ‘don’t stress, everyone’s in the same boat and wants to make new friends too […] put yourself out there and make friends. Particularly at this time, campus is a great place to be for that’.
    students laughing playing cards at table

Of course, there are also some things you should 100% not be bringing. You can probably guess these but anything with a naked flame, (such as candles, incense, joss sticks, oil burners, barbeques, or smoking paraphernalia) is one to avoid. Cars, mini-fridges, heated airers, multi-way cube adaptors and pets are some of the other items featured on the restricted items list which can be found in the Accommodation Handbook if you need to double check anything.

Our Canterbury Arrivals and Medway Arrivals pages are full of useful info to help get you ready to arrive at Kent including more info on what to bring (Canterbury and Medway editions). Plus we’ve got more advice from previous students coming your way, including tips for settling in, so keep an eye on the Accommodation Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest blogs and useful information before you arrive.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent soon!

What’s next after I arrive?

That moment after you have said goodbye to your family and don’t yet know anyone can be a little daunting. What do you do now? It’s up to you.

Hopefully some of your other flat or housemates will have arrived and this is a great place to start. Prop your door open as you unpack to show you’re happy to talk or give people a hand as they’re moving in. Sometimes just hanging out in the kitchen is a great way to meet your new flatmates, whilst playing a game together can be a fun way to break the ice. The College and Community Life Team have a number of events going on that you can do with your household including a crazy golf course that spreads across campus.

Someone always has to arrive first though, so if this is you, or you want to explore beyond your accommodation, then get out there – we’ve got lots going on just take a look at Kent’s event calendar. You don’t have to stick to just your course’s events – there’s lots happening for all students to get involved in. Heading out solo can be tough, especially if you’re naturally shy but it will be worth it, pick an event or place that best suits you and remember everyone there is looking to meet new people and make friends too just like you. You never know your best friend may be in the corridor on the hall below, standing next to you at the bar, or you may bump into them on your library tour. Just because you’re the first to arrive in your flat doesn’t mean you are the only one on campus, if you don’t fancy flying solo to an event then pop a message in the Official Freshers Group on Facebook as someone else is probably having the same thoughts elsewhere on campus, who knows there may be a few of you all looking to go to the same event. Another place you can stop by are the Info Hubs across campus and in the Library as well as the tents on the lawns next to the library. Here there will be some staff and student ambassadors who will be happy to have a chat and give you some inspiration on what to do next.

Every day from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 September on the Canterbury campus ‘Meet and Greets’ will be going on in your own college catering outlet or one nearby and in Medway GKSU have daily events you can join. These are perfect places to meet other new students or be the first step on your campus adventure with your new friends/flatmates. These won’t be big partying events (although those are happening too) but more of an opportunity for you to meet, connect and relax with your fellow students. There will also be lots of other social events taking place on both campuses throughout Welcome Week for you to join and take part in.

UniSmart: yes we’ve snuck in a shameless plug for one of our events at the end, but this one usually has a straightjacket involved. Have I caught your attention? This interactive show (which will also be livestreamed if you can’t make it in person) from our friends at UniSmart covers the essentials about real life whilst you are at university, if nothing else it makes a great talking point afterwards and gives you the chance to meet other new students from across campus. So Woolf Lecture Theatre, 3pm, Sunday 19th September – be there it’s free.

Before you know it, you’ll have a flat of familiar faces, students you know from your course or your own society friends to surround yourself with. But remember,  everything doesn’t always fall into place straight away and that’s ok too. If it doesn’t, and you need some support we’re here along with a whole host of different Student Services, so take advantage of the facilities and services we have available to help you make the most of your time on campus.

The best way to know what you want to do with yourself after you’ve arrived is to take another look at our Welcome pages, now you’re here you may see an event you missed that’s nearby you want to go to or just familiarise yourself with campus. After all Canterbury’s is 300 acres of green parkland which overlooks the city below, and Pier Quays in Medway is located just on the river and only a short walk from campus so definitely worth exploring.

If you’re looking for more arrivals advice from students check out our Student Arrivals Advice for 2021 or sign up to join our Live Webchat on Tuesday 7 September 2021 at 2pm to talk to the Accommodation Team and ask any questions about arrivals you may have to some of our current students.

Introducing KentNet, the new staff intranet

The name for the new staff intranet, as chosen by you, is KentNet!

Thank you to everybody who submitted their votes and suggestions.

We now need your help to develop the new staff intranet over the next months.

KentNet will become the main place to go for:

  • University-wide news (replacing the Staff Guide)
  • University-wide resources
  • Departmental and divisional news, resources, events and information
  • Project information and document sharing
  • Specialist topic areas such as Copyright and Finance

By September 2022 SharePoint 2013 sites will become ’read only’ and will be withdrawn from use by the end of 2022.

Support available

Ahead of setting up your area, the Project Team will be holding meetings with key stakeholders to talk through how the intranet will work and what you want it to do for you. We’ve also put together a KentNet Support site with more information on what you’ll need to build your intranet area.

This includes guides on setting up your community site when it comes to it, where to store your files and data, and examples of early prototype intranet sites at Kent.

For further information contact: Izzy Linthwaite, Collaboration Services Owner, through Teams or email.

Kent People: Jacqui Double, Head of Colleges and Community Life

When did you join the University and why?

I joined Kent in 2012 as a Student Support Officer in the School of Arts. Before that, I was a schoolteacher and worked for ten years in patient advocacy and support for children and young people with long-term medical conditions. I liked the idea of supporting young adults and gaining more experience in HE so when a friend mentioned the SSO post I was keen to apply. I did some lecturing in Arts alongside the Student Support role, but support services were where my interests lay. Becoming Head of College and Community Life last year has given me the chance to have a wider reach and influence over student experience, support and welfare; it’s a perfect fit.

What does being Head of Colleges and Community Life involve?

The University has eight colleges to which all students are affiliated when they come to study here. The College and Community Life team builds college, community and belonging for students on and off-campus. We’re a small team with big expectations, made up of three College Life Officers, who host events, offer support and advice to our student college community, and one Community Life Officer, who supports transition into becoming local student residents in the Canterbury and Medway area.

As the Head of College and Community Life, I’m lucky enough to liaise with the wider student undergraduate and postgraduate communities, to share in their experiences and promote their voices, and to work with Student Union officers and central teams like House Keeping and Campus Security, to ensure the best experience for our students. I also engage with local community stakeholders, such as Residents’ Associations, Kent Police and Canterbury & Medway City Council officers, to promote student safety and integration. It’s a fascinating and rewarding role, and I am really enjoying it.

What effect has the pandemic had on your work and how have you responded?

The pandemic has been a challenge without a doubt but it has also been rewarding to see students and colleagues work so hard and creatively to support each other. The CCL team have been at the forefront of offering practical support to self-isolating students, including friendly texts and calls to mobiles to check how households are managing, sending out jigsaws and baking boxes to do together, and delivering gift-bags funded by alumni supporters to households living on campus. We have hosted events for all our students -, from remote coffee mornings and arts and crafts sessions on Zoom to a face-to-face Escape Room in our office and even outdoor mini-golf – allowing them to come together safely in line with Covid guidelines. With that experience, we are now planning wonderful welcome and social events across the coming year, which will support our new and returning students. If there are challenges remaining, we will be here offering support.

Students playing mini-golf

Looking ahead, what are you and your team planning over the next year?

We are very excited about next year. We will set-up our mini-golf course for Welcome Week, challenging students to complete every hole with bespoke obstacles and some great prizes to be won! Alongside this, we are aware that new and returning students may need more advice and support than ever to get that feeling of belonging and to make social connections. As well as our college BBQs and a welcome talk from me, we will have postgraduate volunteers, called Residential Life Assistants (RLAs), in all our colleges, supporting students to form a College Committee who can suggest events hosted by students for students. All are welcome to get involved by planning, hosting or simply joining in with the fun. Our Community Life Officer will be reaching out to students living in private term-time accommodation too, to give advice on how to stay safe, get on with your neighbours and get support from us.

One specialism in our team is mediation when housemates find it hard to settle into shared living together or need support making connections with others. There will be plenty of information on our College and Community Life webpages and social media, which I would highly recommend students look at and follow. Personally, I am very excited to see students face-to-face on our beautiful campuses and to watch them grow and thrive. That is what we are all here for, after all.

Students planting seeds in the Community Oasis Garden

Outside work, how do you like to spend your time?

I am very boring, I’m afraid. During lockdown, I have discovered the joys of growing my own food on an allotment. I benefit immensely from being out of doors, and growing delicious food is a real bonus. Hopefully, many of our students will benefit in a similar way by volunteering at our Kent Community Oasis Garden. To switch off completely, I turn to fantasy novels (Urban or Pratchett are my favourites) and, once everything is open again, I will be having a cocktail and watching a film in a little cinema somewhere by the sea. Bliss.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best piece of advice I ever received and still use every day is “Go to the right people for the right support.” That is so true and it has helped me through some very difficult times. I pass it on, and don’t mind talking about when and what the context was for getting this advice.

Woman working on a laptop

Counter-Terrorism training for managers

As part of our response to both Government guidance and the need to be prepared for any incident response, we will be shortly be hosting Action Counter Terrorism (ACT) Strategic and Operational Counter terrorism training for senior staff and key external partners.

These sessions are intended to give people a better of understanding of the threat from terrorism and the simple security measures that can be taken to protect a business or an organisation. It will give up-to-date training that will make everyone safer, helping those who attend to plan for and/ or respond to an incident or emergency at work.

The training sessions, which are being prioritised by both Executive Group and our wider Senior Leadership, will be facilitated by Counter Terrorism Security Advisors from Counter Terrorism Policing South East. Wider senior staff across the University can also now sign to attend, with two different types of session on offer:

ACT Strategic training is aimed at Executive Group (EG) and Senior Leadership (SL) members. ACT Strategic is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) initiative exploring ways to aid businesses in preventing against, managing, and recovering from a terrorist attack.

ACT Operational training is aimed at Operational and Customer facing managers, supervisors and staff in authority. ACT Operational is a NaCTSO initiative exploring ways to aid businesses in preventing, managing, and responding to a terrorist attack.

Training will take place in the Darwin Conference Suite on the Canterbury campus, with measures in place to ensure we meet all Government safety requirements regarding Covid-19. This will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday 06.09.2021        OPERATIONAL
  • Tuesday 07.09.2021         OPERATIONAL
  • Wednesday 08.09.2021   STRATEGIC
  • Thursday 09.09.2021       OPERATIONAL
  • Thursday 16.09.2021       OPERATIONAL
  • Friday 17.09.2021             STRATEGIC

How to book your place on the training:

Please contact Jess Sutherland (Prevent Officer) identifying person(s) attending (first name, family name, job title and email contact details), preferred training date(s), any vehicle details and any specific dietary requirements. This will be on a first come-first served basis and we will try to accommodate preferred training dates and numbers requested.

If you have been invited to attend the training and have not signed up, please do so now via StaffConnect. If you are a front line Manager or Supervisor who has not been invited yet, there are now opportunities for you to attend so discuss with your line manager to get their support and apply via StaffConnect.

Making the most of opportunities – extra-curricular activities

When you start university there is a lot to get to grips with starting a new course, but the key to a great student experience is striking a balance between study and play. Time away from your books also helps to maintain a healthy life balance and can really benefit your studies.

Remember to check your emails and the Student News regularly for opportunities and events.  We’ve also put together a list of extra-curricular opportunities worth considering below.

Want to learn a language alongside your studies? 

  • The Language Centre offers Kent students the opportunity to study a variety of language modules as part of your existing degree programme or as an additional extracurricular module.
  • Language Express offer evening courses from beginner’s level.

Have you thought about volunteering?

Volunteering can be a good way to gain experience, build skills and network.  Find more about volunteer opportunities while at Kent.

Student Activities

At Kent, there are numerous student activities including sport, societies and more!

Student Societies
Societies bring people together with common interests and can help you make new friends with people you might not meet on your course. And don’t forget, a CV packed full of experiences and activities shows potential employers that you like to get involved. See the wide range of clubs and societies at Kent:

Get Active with Kent Sport
Whether you play competitively or just for fun, sport is an important part of the student experience. Accessible facilities, inter-college sports programme and over 50 sports clubs run by Kent Union. Find out more about sport at Kent.

Make Music at Kent
Do you sing or play an instrument? Join the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Big Bands, Chamber Choir or one of the many other bands and ensembles formed each year. Find out more about making music at Kent.

Get Creative on Campus
As well as numerous creative societies, Kent offers exceptional opportunities for you to enjoy the very latest in film, art, music, history and architecture.